Mexican Vampire Woman at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
She is perhaps one of the oddest people you’ll ever see – the Mexican Vampire Woman (also known by her given name Maria Jose Cristerna)! Maria is so unusual looking, that Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has cast her in lifesize wax for their museums – and now this vampire lady is truly immortal – frozen forever in wax!
Ripley’s was right to have Cristerna join their army of wax models, because if you see her in person – or Ripley’s version of her – you won’t be disappointed – the body modifications that the “Vampire Woman” has undergone make her look as though she has stepped straight out of a horror movie!
What does the Vampire Woman look like?
Cristerna’s face and head are one of the most striking aspects of her appearance. She has had titanium horns implanted into her head, making her appear to have well-defined ridges on her skull. Her teeth have been filed and worked on to give them the appearance of being fangs, and eyebrow, nose and chin piercings highlight a face covered in detailed tattoos. In fact, the Vampire Woman says she has over 40 tattoos covering about 90 percent of her entire body – some which she has inked herself!
If those visually stunning details weren’t enough, Cristerna also has dreadlocks which hang nearly to the floor, she has stretched her earlobes to a shockingly large size, and has long black nails that look like claws.
Although today she looks like a cross between a dragon, demon, and vampire, the vampire woman was not always so unusual and scary looking. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, she was a pretty, normal-looking girl who even became an attorney! At 17, after enduring domestic abuse, she decided to start changing her look. And the rest is history.
Ripley’s statues of the Mexican Vampire Lady can be found in some of the the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums including those in Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Veracruz.